Xterm.js is a terminal front-end component written in JavaScript that works in the browser.

It enables applications to provide fully featured terminals to their users and create great development experiences.


  • Text-based application support: Use xterm.js to work with applications like bash, git etc.
  • Curses-based application support: Use xterm.js to work with applications like vim, tmux etc.
  • Mouse events support: Xterm.js captures mouse events like click and scroll and passes them to the terminal’s back-end controlling process
  • CJK (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) character support: Xterm.js renders CJK characters seamlessly
  • IME support: Insert international (including CJK) characters using IME input with your keyboard
  • Self-contained library: Xterm.js works on its own. It does not require any external libraries like jQuery or React to work
  • Modular, event-based API: Lets you build addons and themes with ease

Real-world uses

Xterm.js is used in several world-class applications to provide great terminal experiences.

  • SourceLair: In-browser IDE that provides its users with fully-featured Linux terminals based on xterm.js
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code: Modern, versatile and powerful open source code editor that provides an integrated terminal based on xterm.js

Quick start

  <!doctype html>
      <link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/xterm.js/dist/xterm.css" />
      <script src="bower_components/xterm.js/dist/xterm.js"></script>
      <div id="terminal"></div>
      	var term = new Terminal();
        term.write('Hello from \033[1;3;31mxterm.js\033[0m $ ')